Different people cope with life’s difficulties in different ways. Some seek professional help, some talk with their clergy or their mom, some chat with friends or read self-help books.
I reach for my camera.
Taking pictures is therapy for me. Through the ups and downs of my past two years I have taken thousands of photographs. When I’m feeling depressed or stressed I grab one of my cameras and stalk a flower, a cloud or an architecturally interesting building. When some of my closest friends hear I’m feeling blue, they often suggest I go take a picture.
Jobs, girlfriends and wives come and go, but photography is always there. And sarcasm.
Shooting pictures is the single most consistent thing in my life. I first took pictures with a Kodak Brownie camera as a very young boy. My first 35mm camera was a Minolta. Years later I graduated to a complete Canon outfit with a 35mm body, three or four detachable lenses, numerous filters, a flash unit and a bag to put it all in. I have since become a Nikon snob and three years shelved all the Nikon film gear for one awesome Nikon D80 digital camera with two lenses. I also have a pocket-sized Canon digital camera which enables me to nearly always have a camera with me.
I am inspired by other photographers, pro and non-pro: John Shaw and David Muench for landscapes, Michael Halminski for wildlife and my friends Eliz and Josh for imagination.
This weekend I was feeling a little lost, emotionally. Rather than sulking or whining, I picked up my D80 and took a walk around my yard and a nearby town. This is one of the pictures I shot. Visit my photo blog for a few more.
How do you cope?